Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is the name of the last “micro-futuristic city” in Tokyo. The construction cost was 300 billion dollars and it opened its doors last year.

The direct competitor is Roppongi Hills, that it’s just 500 meters away. Midtown’s main building is taller than Roppongi Hills Mori tower, in fact, it is the tallest building in Tokyo. Inside Tokyo Midtown there are the offices of Konami or Yahoo Japan, it seems the office rental is cheaper than the Roppongi Hills one. There are also apartments, if you want to live in Tokyo Midtown it will cost you around 5.000~8.000$ a month for a100 square meters.

Here there is a map with the most interesting places in Tokyo Midtown:

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown

  • 1.- Main entrance: from this entrance you have the best view of the complex. It gives access to the commercial area that fills the first five floors.
  • 2.- Suntory museum: museum with temporal exhibitions.
  • 3.- Hinokicho park: is my favorite area. It’s a very quite park even been in the center of a so big city.
  • 4.- Oedo line Roppongi station exit 7: the best way to arrive.
  • 5.- Design Sight: it’s a little building designed by Taku Sato e Issey Miyake (Yes, the same guy who “makes” perfumes).
  • 6.- Chiyoda line Nogizaka station exit 3: it’s a little bit farther than the Oedo line exit but it’s also pretty convenient.
  • 7.- Roppongi Hills: read more about Roppongi Hills.
  • 8.- The National Art Center: one of the best museums in Japan.
  • 9.- Roppongi crossing: considered the main reference point in the area.

It’s interesting that the complex doesn’t have any shopping malls (American and European style), but it has museums, luxurious shops like for example the one selling food for dogs, expensive restaurants etc. Both, Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills are pretty far away from the western commercial area we are used to that would include a cheap shopping mall, a big cinema and access only with car.

Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown scale mode.

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midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

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midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

10 Comments
  • sheerblade

    January 21, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Man, Kirai, that camera you got never ceases to amaze me. The shots are just beautiful… except for the one of that guy sleeping on the grass cause it looks like he’s missing his arms.

  • Neil Duckett

    January 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Great review and love the pictures. I took a few around there at Xmas time with the lights, very nice indeed.

  • Edward

    January 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the story and the great photos! I’m ashamed to say I still have not been to Tokyo.

  • Chris (i-cjw.com)

    January 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    300 billion yen to build, not dollars…!

  • Ryan

    January 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I agree, excellent pictures! The composition of the images is very nice and I like the candid nature of the photography.

    Very well done Kirai.

  • Jon

    January 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    What an incredible looking place. If I had to live in the city and I was rich, I would love to live in a place like that.

    Amazing pictures.

  • ait.meijin

    January 25, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Man, your shots are great! Thanks!

  • Jamaipanese

    January 28, 2008 at 11:17 am

    great photos and thanks for the information

  • drew

    July 17, 2008 at 1:31 am

    one of the best reviews with photos on tokyo midtown that I have come across – and i’ve been searching for days

  • steve

    August 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Very incomplete listing of designers and architects involved–and Design Site is by Tadeo Ando